Posts tagged ‘John Barth’
March 14, 2018
Do you know the difference between Modernism and Postmodernism in literature?
This Pediaa.com article gives a clear definition of each movement and, importantly, mentions Richard Kalich, author of The Nihilesthete, Charlie P., and Penthouse F, published as Central Park West Trilogy by Betimes Books, as one of the notable postmodernist writers, along with “household” names like Nabokov, Eco, Auster, and Vonneghut:
What is Postmodernism
Postmodernism was a reaction against modernism, brought about by the disillusionment followed by the Second world war. Postmodernism is characterized by the deliberate use of earlier styles and conventions, a mixing of different artistic styles and media, and a general distrust of theories. It can be seen as a radical break from modernism when we look at some unique features of postmodernism. Some of these features include,
Irony and parody: Postmodernism works are often characterized by irony and satire. They demonstrate playful, mischievous vibe and a love of satirical humor.Pastiche: Copying ideas and styles from various authors and combining them to make a new style.
Metafiction: Making the readers aware that of the fictional nature of the text they are reading.
Intertextuality: Acknowledging other texts and referring to them in a text.
Faction: Mixing of actual events and fictional events without mentioning what is real and what is fictional.
Paranoia: The distrust in the system and even the distrust of the self.
Some notable writers in postmodernism include Vladimir Nabokov, Umberto Eco, John Hawkes, RICHARD KALICH, Giannina Braschi, Kurt Vonnegut, William Gaddis, John Barth, Jean Rhys, Donald Barthelme, E.L. Doctorow, Don DeLillo, Ana Lydia Vega, Jachym Topol and Paul Auster.